How to avoid Stewardship Sermons

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It happened last week. The annual stewardship sermon.

I could use this post as my chance to chastise people for the way they look at and follow through with giving their tithe. But, I won’t do it. I’m no saint, in fact, I’m a sinner – just like you. But, I will share a few things.

I am shocked at the low number of people who willingly put down in writing their goal for the coming year in terms of giving. As a business person, I have a plan and set goals each year for my production. How is it not the same with your financial plan for giving to your church?

Why is it so hard to talk about money? I welcome an honest congregation who just spells it out and asks for help. It amazes me at how different faiths and different people react to this concept of giving.

We can love the Lord with all our hearts, all our souls and all our minds but if you are going to do this…you have to give.

How do you avoid stewardship sermons? You don’t go to church. But then you will be the worse for that decision.

It’s as simple as that.

Think and Grow Rich?

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It makes me sad that modern day authors, speakers and motivational personalities like to preach a message of prosperity. It takes the concept of “think and grow rich” to a whole new level. It sells their books and helps them to line their own pockets .

Do I believe that God wants us to have a good life? Sure, I do. But, and here is the important part…I just don’t think you can “think and grow rich”. I don’t think there is an easy path to wealth. I don’t believe in focusing on your “abundance consciousness.”

More importantly, why would anyone think having great wealth is the primary goal and MOST important thing in life? When did wealth become more essential than loving the Lord with all your heart, your soul and your mind?

Be careful what you wish for. Money does NOT equal happiness and I have found over the years that people never think they have enough money regardless of their circumstances.

Think on Jesus. Ponder His words in your heart. Steep your soul in prayer. Then you will be wealthy beyond your wildest imaginations.